The 15th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment and the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution, AATHP reaffirmed commitment to effectively implement the AATHP and the Roadmap on ASEAN Cooperation towards Transboundary Haze Pollution Control with Means of Implementation to achieve a Haze-Free ASEAN by 2020.

The two-days meeting which was held recently in Siem Reap, Cambodia was attended by ministers responsible for the environment as well as forest fires and haze from the Association of South East Asian Nations, ASEAN and the ASEAN Secretary General. Representing Brunei Darussalam at the meeting was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Minister of Development.

The Ministers commended the Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee, MSC on Transboundary Haze Pollution in reaffirming their readiness to provide assistance such as deployment of the technical resources for firefighting assistance on emergency response situation, if requested, and to collaborate among MSC countries with enhanced cooperation and coordination to mitigate land and forest fires, when necessary. The Ministers also appreciates the sharing of hotspot information among MSC countries and supported the call for timely actions of national and local agencies to prevent land or forest fires and haze pollution arising from such fires. The 16th AMME meeting will be in the Philippines next year.

Source: Radio Television Brunei